Holiday String Lights of Past and Present

Holiday String Lights – Past and Present

Holiday String lights

 

The Lights of Holidays Past

Holiday Lights are a big tradition for a lot of people.  When I was younger, my dad would go all out on the lights outside.  And I loved them…. The sparkle, the brilliance, the joy it brought people!  I just didn’t want to be a part of them going up!  What a nightmare!  I cringe just thinking about the broken glass light bulbs and cut feet and fingers from them, and the “utter joy” of trying to find that ONE burned out bulb that made the entire string go out. (And then hours after trying to make the string of lights  all work, finally being able to throw it away and just replace the entire string).  My excuses for not wanting to help never held up… I was always coerced into helping with the family tradition of hanging lights.

LED the Only Common Denominator

As I’m browsing the holiday string lights, I notice that the one common denominator is that they are all LED.  Now, I know that LED has been around awhile, I think?  I know nothing about it. That pure white, almost blue color is what I used to first think of when I thought of LED holiday lights.  Now, the LED string lights on sale are blue, pink, green, red, orange, purple, yellow, and warm white.  So, obviously LED lighting has evolved (into more colors) since it first appeared.

Why LED in Holiday Lights??

Honestly, what is LED and how does it benefit holiday lights?  Why do I want to buy the LED lights? LED, according to christmas-light-source.com, are Light Emitting Diodes; simple definition: electronic components that produce light.  That definition doesn’t really help me, so I wanted to know the benefits of LED holiday lights.  According to Wikipedia.org, LED holiday lights have low energy usage, long lifetimes, and low maintenance.

Benefits of LED Holiday Lights

  • Low Energy, Long Lifetimes, Low Maintenance
    • LED holiday lights use up to 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than the old incandescent bulbs (US Dept. of Energy sourced by balance.com)
    • You can connect a lot of LED holiday string lights together with one power source since the LED consumes less energy. (engadget.com).
    • The light emitted by an LED is determined by the LED chip rather than the plastic lens; meaning there is less color fading. (Wikipedia.org)
    • The LED plastic bulbs are less likely to break. (christmas-light-source.com)
    • The LED strands are vibration and shock resistant (christmas-light-source.com)
    • If manufactured correctly and used property, the LED holiday lights are resistant to moisture (christmas-light-source.com)
    • LED light strands can be recycled (christmas-light-source.com)
    • LED lights do not get hot to the touch, so they are safer (thebalance.com)

 LED Holiday Lights Appeared When??

When did LED Holiday lights make an appearance at the holidays? According to christmas-light-source.com, the LED lights were first used in the 1960’s for commercial applications and for 30 to 40 more years after that were improved upon for commercial uses.  In 1998 and 1999, LED Christmas lights became a thing and began to adorn the homes and businesses of America.  Starting in 2007, the famous New York Rockefeller Center Tree was completely lit up with 100% LED lights.

So Many Choices!

LED is the common denominator in the holiday string light sale but what about the differences in the types of LED string lights on sale?  PegasusLighting.com and the holiday sale have the G12, 5mm wide angle, C6, and Mini Lights.  What’s the difference?  I found this information at chistmaslightsetc.com:

LED Holiday String Lights

Of course, this isn’t a full list.  There are many other LED holiday string lights, including: fairy lights, icicle string lights, rope light, rope light decoration, snowfall string lights, tape light, colored flood lights, net lights, and strip lights.  Phew!  That’s a lot of holiday light choices and I’m sure I might have missed a few out there!

The Lights of Holiday Today

After all my research into the LED holiday lights, I’ve decided that maybe it wouldn’t be as much of a nightmare as it was in my past to hang up all those holiday lights.  I won’t be breaking anything since the LED light is plastic and I won’t be replacing a lot of bulbs since they are long lasting.  Maybe I should ask my dad if he wants to resurrect the family holiday tradition of putting up holiday lights…. LED lights that is.

Smart Outdoor Holiday Lights

“Smart” Outdoor Holiday Lights

Feeling Festive? This house was one of the winners on “The Great Christmas Light Fight” show on ABC.

 

‘Tis the Season for Lights

It’s that time of year.  Halloween is over, and Thanksgiving is almost here but ‘lo and behold, the Christmas items are already out!  It seems to get earlier and earlier every year when you start to see those holiday items begging for you to browse them while you are shopping.  I’m terrible about decorating but I enjoy the outside lighting and decorations the most.

Holiday Lights, Why?

DIY Christmas Lighting to brighten up your yard According to diyhomedesignideas.com, Christmas Lights help brighten up your yard by lighting up trees, roofs, walkway & porches.  But where did it originate?  Christmas lights are in preparation for Christmas and were first just used on trees (after replacing those dangerous candles).  In the mid-20th century, is when you could initially see lights on buildings and streets used for holiday decoration.  Then in the 1960’s you started observing them on homes. (source: Wikipedia.com)

Outdoor Lighting to Extremes? 

"The Great Christmas Light Fight" show on ABC Have you seen the reality show on ABC that started airing the holiday season of 2013 titled “The Great Christmas Light Fight”?  Those people take outdoor lighting to the limit!  Abc.com says the show is about “Decorating their homes to the extreme for Christmas, families and neighborhoods across America compete to win a cash prize and a coveted Light Fight trophy”.

I Want Easy Lighting!

WiOn app to control your lighting devices from your Smart Phone or Tablet offers Smart Lighting for your Holiday Lights

I love the outside decorating!  I HATE having to go outside in the cold and dark each night to turn them all off and on!  So, I was super excited to see Pegasus Lighting offering the WiFi Smart Yard Stake.  Why not take the smart home to the outside?  Makes perfect sense to me!  The Wion Outdoor WiFi Smart Yard Stake lets you control your holiday lights from anywhere with the use of your smart phone or tablet.  Its free app installs easily onto your Apple system greater than IOS7 or Android devices greater than 4.0.  This yard stake has 3 electrical outlets that are covered and has a 6-foot cord.  Just plug in your yard stake and then plugin your electrical lights to the yard stake, download the Wion app, and start using!  No more dashes out at night in the snow while in my slippers to unplug my lights. (Source: wionproducts.com)

Smart Lighting for your Holiday Lights with Wion Outdoor WiFi Smart Yard Stake:

WION OUTDOOR WIFI SMART YARD STAKE offers Smart Lighting for your Holiday Lights

  • Control outdoor electrical devices from anywhere – using your smartphone
  • Automates landscape security lights, holiday lights and yard decorations for convenience and energy savings
  • Affordable home automation – works with your existing WiFi router. No hub required and no monthly fees
  • Expand your WiOn system by simply adding up to 12 WiOn smart switches
  • Free app works with Apple (iOS 7 and higher) or Android (4.0 and higher) smart devices
  • Programming options include – multiple on/off settings, countdown, random vacation, and sunrise/sunset schedules
  • Ratings: 125-Volt / 60-Hertz, 1250-Watt, 10-Amp

Outdoor Lights Made Just A Bit Easier

Whether you start getting out your holiday lights right after Halloween or wait until one week before Christmas, make your life a little easier with the WiFi Smart Yard Stake.  It’s convenient, easy to use, and it helps save energy!  I can’t wait to drive by your yard to see your Christmas light display…. whether it’s to the extreme or not.

 

“Blow Me Up” Lighting Fixture

Blow Me Up Light Created by Ingo Maurer and Theo Möller

The Blow Me Up lamp by Ingo Maurer  is an innovative LED lighting fixture that arrives rolled up in a can.  Who would have thought?

Easy To Use

Once it is blown up you can lean it against the wall or fastened it to the ceiling or wall with hooks or cords. They are easier to transport than fluorescent bulbs and there’s no danger of falling glass shards if bumped.  Also, there’s no drilling required.  Yes, it’s that easy.

Blow Me Up is a lamp that provides a variety of options.  Perfect for those who embrace mobility. There is a integrated sensor switch on one side of the LED strip, which radiates the reflective side of the tube, thus scattering indirect light in the room.

Not A Laser Sword

“With a suitable adapter Blow Me Up can also be connected to the 12 volts supply of a camping van.  The plastic hose, however, should be treated more carefully than camping equipment because above all it is neither a swimming noodle nor a laser sword.? -Ingo Maurer & Team

So there you have it, an LED lighting fixture that is easy to assemble, is mobile, and easy to clean.  The fantastic lighting it provides is great too.  Get yours today here.

Maximize Your Outdoor Lighting for a Worry Free Vacation!

August is the perfect time for a last-minute vacation before the busy school schedules begin.  Vacations should be all about relaxing and not having a care in the world.   So don’t let the worry about the safety of your home take that away from you.  Lighting is an essential part of effective home security systems.  Did you know that the most commonly mentioned intruder deterrent is a lack of hiding spots available on well-lit properties?  Here are a few ideas to keep your home safe with exterior lighting.

Flood Lights

Outdoor floodlights are an easy way to light up the dark areas around a home or commercial building. Floodlight fixtures with motion sensors will turn lights on automatically when motion is detected, offering valuable safety and security lighting.

The best place to install motion sensor flood lights are on all sides of your home including entryways, corners, decks, porches, driveways, and backyards.  Flood lights distribute a wide area of light making them ideal for illuminating large areas and discouraging thieves from targeting your home.

Outdoor Wall Lights

Mounting durable outdoor wall lighting fixtures not only provides safety and security around your home or business, but today’s modern exterior lanterns and sconces add curb appeal around your garage, front door or patio. Choose from rustic, traditional and contemporary LED outdoor wall light designs with features like integrated smart technology and energy-saving motion and dusk to dawn sensors. For a consistent look for your home, choose lights that will pair well with your existing outdoor light fixtures.

Smart Security Wall Lights

Now you can see who’s at your door from your phone whether you are home, work or relaxing on your vacation.  Smart Security Wall Lights offer a security solution built into an outdoor lighting fixture you can access with the touch of your fingers.  Many security lights feature a HD camera that detect movement at your door and sends an alert to your smartphone.  It’s 2-way speaker and camera allow you to communicate with visitors from anywhere using an app on your phone.  If it is an unwanted visitor simply sound the built-in alarm to scare them off.

Recessed Lighting

On covered porches, recessed lighting can be installed to provide direct overhead lighting, illuminating areas for excellent crime deterrent.  As one of the most versatile sources of light for both residential and commercial buildings, outdoor recessed lighting fixtures, offer a layer of general lighting that seamlessly blends into any space. There many options of trims and housings, so you can customize the perfect lighting for your space.

Motion Sensory Path lights

Why pay an energy bill for your outdoor lighting when free energy shines down on your yard all day long? Path and post lights can be installed along your walkways and come in a variety of styles and finishes.  Many have motion activated options that include a built-in photocell to ensure that the LEDs are only activated at night. So many options to keep your family and visitor’s safe.

Conclusion

So let’s get started on your outdoor DIY lighting projects so you can enjoy your vacation with peace of mind. One of the most commonly mentioned deterrents is a lack of hiding spots available on well-lit properties. Security lights are quick and easy to install and are proven to be a highly effective crime deterrent.  You certainly earned your vacation, so enjoy your time away, worry-free.

 

 

 

 

 

18 Years, $18 Off and 18 Ways to Use It

Shop Pegasus Lighting and Save $18 off any $100 Order with code PEGAUS18. Ends 5/31.18 Years Online

This month marks 18 years of Pegasus Lighting offering unique lighting products online, and we’re celebrating this major milestone in a big way.

$18 Off Anniversary Sale!

During the entire month of May, we’re offering a special $18 discount, whether you’ve shopped Pegasus Lighting for years, or you’ve just discovered our online lighting store for the very first time:

Use promo code PEGASUS18 to receive $18 off your PegasusLighting.com order of $100 or more (+ Free Shipping!). Ends 5/31.

Need some ideas on what to do with your savings? Here’s a few …

18 Things To Do With $18 Off:

  1. Upgrade your home to energy-efficient LED light bulbs.
  2. Install under cabinet task lighting in the kitchen.
  3. Gift your favorite graduate with a frame-mounted diploma light.
  4. Replace your porch light with a smart entryway light featuring built-in camera & audio. Read More
Light with brain representing smart lighting

How Smart Lighting Technology is Changing Art

The digital age of smart lighting technology and the Internet of Things has revolutionized the creative canvas with bold new ways to experience art. Today, art and technology are as intertwined as ever, resulting in new, interactive mediums and innovative solutions.

Smart Lighting Transforms Art

French impressionist Edgar Degas once observed, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” In this mural by Milan-based art duo Carnovsky, red, green and blue (RGB) colored filters reveal each layer of the digitally created wallpaper.

RGB art display is one example of how smart lighting technology has changed how we experience art.
via Carnovsky.com

Smart Lighting Becomes Art

Another digital exhibit, Assemblance, is described by creator Umbrellium as “a fully immersive interactive augmented reality made ‘real’ by using light as a physical material …” The collaborative project explored the marriage of mind and body with three-dimensional laser light that people “sculpt” into structures with sweeping movements of their hands and body. Read More